Friday, February 10, 2012

More News on the Legislative Fight Against Trafficking in Florida

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi Advocates Zero Tolerance for Human Trafficking

2:37 PM, Feb 8, 2012 | comments
Fla. Attorney General Pam Bondi
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Attorney General Pam Bondi advocated for tougher legislation for human trafficking in the state capitol today.

Bondi is voicing support for Senate Bill 1880 and House Bill 7049. If approved, both would strengthen existing laws against human trafficking. According to the Attorney General's office, human trafficking is a 32-billion bollar industry.

Senator Anitere Flores (R-Miami) and Representative William Snyder (R-Stuart) are the bills' sponsors. Both joined Bondi today asking for the increased penalties.

If passed, the bills would combine Florida's three existing human trafficking statutes into one statute. The Attorney General's office says this would be more user-friendly for law enforcement.

The legislation would increase penalties for trafficking to be consistent with federal human trafficking laws.

Law enforcement agencies would be able to request warrants to "intercept oral and electronic communications" related to human trafficking investigations.

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